NBA legend Patrick Ewing, 57, is rushed to hospital with coronavirus and placed in isolation when describing COVID-19 as something not to be taken lightly
- Ewing was admitted to a Washington, D.C., hospital Friday night and he is currently in solitary confinement
- The former New York Knicks star has released a statement saying the virus is “serious” but insists “he’ll be fine”
- He currently serves as head coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team; the school says no other member of the program has tested positive for the virus
- As of Friday evening, more than 1.6 million Americans have been affected by COVID-1
- How to help people affected by Covid-19
NBA legend Patrick Ewing has been hospitalized after testing positive against COVID-19.
The Basketball Hall of Famer and former New York Knicks center, 57, was taken to a Washington, D.C., hospital Friday night and is now in solitary confinement.
Ewing, who currently serves as the head coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team, released a statement through the elite school confirming his diagnosis.
“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” the statement states.
“I want to encourage everyone to be safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone in the front. I will have a good time and we will all get through this. ‘
NBA legend Patrick Ewing has been hospitalized after testing positive against COVID-19. The former New York Knicks center now serves as head coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team. He is depicted on the sidelines of a game last year
Ewing played for the New York Knicks for 15 seasons between 1985 and 1988. He is pictured on the track at Madison Square Garden in 1988
Ewing did not reveal when he tested positive for the virus or where he believes he was affected.
ESPN reports that Ewing is the “only member of Georgetown’s basketball program that has tested positive for the virus”.
The Jamaican-born star played for Georgetown himself while he was a college student before moving out to the NBA in 1985.
He played for the New York Knicks in 15 seasons, where he was an eleven-time all-star. Ewing then played a season with the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics, and a season with the Orlando Magic.
The NBA superstar also won Olympic gold medals in 1988 and 1992 as a member of the American Basketball Team.
Ewing shares three adult children, Patrick Jr., Randi and Corey, with ex-wife Rita Williams.
Ewing also won two gold medals as a member of the US men’s basketball teams at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. He is pictured at the 1992 Barcelona Games, Spain
Charles Oakley, who played with Ewing for the Knicks between 1988 and 1998, posted his congratulations on Twitter. The pair appear together in 1996
Following news of his hospital records, Ewing was flooded with messages of support from fans and his former teammates.
Charles Oakley, who played with Ewing for the Knicks between 1988 and 1998, wrote on Twitter: ‘I went to war with you for ten years. I’m not leaving you on the battlefield now. Take it good Patrick. More fights to come. ‘
As of Friday evening, more than 1.6 million Americans have tested positive against COVID-19 and more than 95,000 have died.
The virus has sickened a number of current NBA stars – including Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert and Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood.
Four players from the Brooklyn Nets also tested positive for coronavirus, though all have made a full recovery.
The NBA was canceled in March in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak.
ESPN reported earlier this week that “NBA teams expect the league to issue guidelines in early June that allow franchisees to begin recalling players as a first step toward the season’s resume”.
Ewing did not reveal when he tested positive for the virus or where he believes he was affected